I don’t think many people in our family are natural drama queens. The only real drama queen incident is a story told about my grandmother – my mum’s mum. She was living in a nursing home and at that stage was able to get around using an old walking stick. Apparently one day while walking down the corridor she was found rolling on the ground shouting ‘I’ve been shot, I’ve been shot’. In actual fact she hadn’t been shot, her walking stick had snapped with a very loud crack!
Although I’m not a drama Queen in my everyday life I do worry that I may be in my prayer life. I wonder do I have the tendency to pray like Eeyore complaining of doom and gloom rather than seeing the positive. Although I see a few drama queens in the bible, like King David, there is one anti-role model that I don’t want to be like. Jonah, the Drama Queen missionary. In the end of the book about the prophet, after refusing God’s call, running away, getting swallowed by a big fish and the reluctantly preaching to the dreaded Ninivites he is found on the hillside huffing that the Ninivites repented and turned to God. In fact he says that he is so angry that he could die. Even after God makes a vine grow for shelter for him Jonah is still grumbling.
Jonah 4:8-11 When the sun rose, God provided a scorching east wind, and the sun blazed on Jonah’s head so that he grew faint. He wanted to die, and said, “It would be better for me to die than to live.” 9 But God said to Jonah, “Do you have a right to be angry about the vine?” “I do,” he said. “I am angry enough to die.” 10 But the LORD said, “You have been concerned about this vine, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. 11 But Nineveh has more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left, and many cattle as well. Should I not be concerned about that great city?”
I’m all for honestly with God, but we also need to give ourselves a reality check – the things that I grumble to God about are they really as bad as they seem to me?
Help me Lord to see my life from your perspective and to see your hand in all things, even if I feel like huffing and stomping my foot.